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(L-R) Ministers Karooro Okurut, Musa Ecweru and Agnes Egunyu appearing before the Presidential Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Photo by Max Patrick Ocaido
(L-R) Ministers Karooro Okurut, Musa Ecweru and Agnes Egunyu appearing before the Presidential Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Photo by Max Patrick Ocaido

Fear as Crisis in Congo Forces Ebola-Hit Refugees to Uganda 

While tension and political unrest continues to mount in DR Congo, government of Uganda is equally on tenterhooks following the influx of Congolese refugees who are attempting to flee their country to seek asylum in the world’s most friendly refugee countries.
posted onJanuary 22, 2019
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By Max Patrick Ocaido

Parliament: The political crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) caused by the aftermath of the contested presidential elections has forced ebola-hit Congolese refugees to Uganda.

On Sunday, the Constitutional Court confirmed Felix Tshisekedi as the duly elected president, rejecting claims of fraud, whilst runner-up Martin Fayulu promptly declared himself the country's "only legitimate president."

While tension and political unrest continues to mount in DR Congo, government of Uganda is equally on tenterhooks following the influx of Congolese refugees who are attempting to flee their country to seek asylum in the world’s most friendly refugee countries.

DR Congo has been one of the dreaded African countries following the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus that has claimed over 200 lives as of November 2018.  

State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru on Tuesday indeed confirmed that fears of Ebola spread in Uganda following increasing number of Congolese fleeing their country to Uganda.

While appearing before the Parliamentary committee on Presidential Affairs to present the Budget Framework Paper for FY 2019/2020 for Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Ecweru asked the MPs to pray for DR Congo and Ugandans.

“I invite you [MPS] to pray for DR Congo. After election there our officials continued to receive refugees in Kanungu and Bunagana border. In the region[DR Congo] where refugees are running from there is Ebola but we are doing our best to isolate respective asylum seekers,” Ecweru said.

Ecweru added that government is working to ensure that the lives of Ugandans are protected from the deadly virus.

“We shall continue to keep our open door refugee policy but at the same time not compromise the lives of the nationals,” he said.

Uganda has a longstanding history of hosting refugees with more than 1.2m refugees and asylum-seekers as of October 2018, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

 

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